Leaving Cert 2022

Mary supports the call from the Irish Secondary Students Union for a hybrid leaving cert in 2022. This year’s Leaving cert class have had a very disruptive 22 months and deserve clarity on arrangements for this year’s exams. Watch Mary speak here 👇

Gaelscoil Áine

Further to Mary’s recent visit to Gaelscoil Áine she asked the Minister for Education, Norma Foley to make a statement on the proposed location for the school for September 2022. You can watch back Mary’s contribution below, and read the response from the Minister here The school is 3 years old and still expanding. Mary…

€12.9M for Dublin Schools

Mary welcomes the announcement from Minister Norma Foley of €12.9M in minor works funding for Dublin primary & secondary schools. This funding is to offer additional support to schools in the context of Covid-19. The minor works grant funding provides good flexibility to address issues at local school level. The works that can be undertaken…

Respect for SNA’s Campaign

Mary support the campaign by Special Needs Assistant’s for recognition and certification of minimum standards by the Department of Education. The minimum qualification to apply to become an SNA has not been altered since 1979. To read more about the campaign click here.

Childcare Funding

Mary welcomed the report from the Expert group on Childcare this week and the Government has accepted its recommendations. Highlights of the report include: €270Million extra funding to the sector which will help to Control fees, which have been a barrier for so many parents. Improve pay & conditions for this dedicated work force. It…

Affordability of 3rd Level Education

Mary raised affordability of third level education in the Seanad echoing the sentiments of the Union of Students of Ireland that €50, 000 for a 4 year degree is still too much and calling out the need for Government to remove the financial barriers for students. She highlighted the specific requests from the Union of…

Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire

Mary has continued to renew representations to both the Department of Education and Minister for Education Norma Foley regarding the new school building project for Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire. Further to her most recent representations she received a positive update on the new school building project which indicates that stage 2b approval should be completed by…

Supporting Students

Mary recently met with the Union of Students of Ireland to discuss the supports announced in the recent Budget 2022, and how Housing for All gives Technological Universities the power to build not for profit student accommodation and the rent controls introduced by the Government to help students. The increase in the SUSI grant and…

Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire

Mary has continued to follow up with the Department of Education and the Minister, trying to drive progress of delivery of a new school for Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire. Mary recently met again with Minister of Education Norma Foley who is also working to find a solution to allow the school construction progress. Following the meeting…

National Childcare Scheme

Mary is calling for equality of access to childcare for all children in North Dublin. She raised the issue in the Seanad with Minister for Childcare, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD, asking for a review of the National Childcare Scheme to ensure funding is in place to provide equality of access to…